/ 15 June 2022

The relationship between stress and likeability at work

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A new UK study suggests that showing rather than hiding signs of stress can make you more likeable in the workplace. Nottingham Trent University’s Jamie Whitehouse decided to test whether displays of stress – including touching the face and hair, lip-licking and nail-biting – might alter how people respond. After filming 23 people participating in a fake job interview, 133 participants were shown the footage and asked to rate the candidates’ nervousness and likeability. Not only did they accurately pick the stress levels of the interviewees, but they favoured those who displayed more stress because they were seen as authentic. Which is good to remember this week if you work in the finance, fresh food or electricity sectors…

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